Although I’ve never been catapulted off the deck of an aircraft carrier, I imagine it feels something like rocketing off the Goodwood start line in a 600bhp Nissan Juke-R 2.0.
The latest bonkers incarnation of Nissan’s junior soft-roader is now tooled-up with a Nismo-spec V6 twin-turbo boasting an extra 55bhp, and which race driver Jann Mardenborough is skillfully demonstrating at the Festival of Speed.
Mardenborough is an impressively relaxed and grounded chap and he assures me that his pace will build as the weekend progresses. But considering he’s just expertly threaded the Juke-R 2.0 through two tail-wagging slides at the first and second corners, this suggest that visitors (and passengers) on Sunday are in for even more of a treat, and the time-keepers a busy afternoon.
Despite the neck-snapping start, Mardenborough hasn’t engaged full launch control on the Juke-R 2.0’s electronics-laden GT-R chassis, opting for the first stage of manual control to dampers and traction control.
"I’ve got six runs to make up the hill and orders are to not go too fast too soon. And I’m just getting re-acquainted with the car again," he smiles.
Instead, Mardenborough gets the Juke-R 2.0 rolling smartly and then enthusiastically chucks in a huge glob of power, which relentlessly eats up the short straight before Goodwood’s first corner.